I have been prescribed Norco for a chronic pain issue (coccydynia and 2 bulging disks)and have been taking it for about 9 months. I put up with scale 7 or 8 pain for 2 years before seeking help.
It used to be that 1/2 tablet would work, and I could take 1 or 2 tablets over the course of a day day and be fine. Lately I have been taking a lot more, like 4 or 5. It seems like when I get home from work, I need 2 whole tablets instead of a half to find relief. I have a desk job and sit all day, NOT good for tailbone pain. I do use a special cushion, and cannot take NSAIDs (pill or patch form) because I had RNY Gastric Bypass surgery. I do not take any medication before going to work, only after.
I recently started with a pain management doctor, and am really feeling like I should be somewhat stable in the amount I am taking per day. I feel so stupid when I run out a week before I am due to refill my prescription. For those who have taken the Norco type meds long term-did you build up a tolerance and what I am experiencing is normal, or should I be looking closely at why my doseage is going up?
To be perfectly clear-I do feel like I am taking it for the right reasons -pain- and just want to be able to take care of my family without having to be in pain all the time.